The upgrade planning process in a global operational environment

Jukka Kääriäinen, Susanna Teppola, Matias Vierimaa, Antti Välimäki

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    Industrial automation systems are multi-technological systems that contain in-house developed and COTS hardware and software sub-systems. Automation systems can be used to control various industrial processes ranging from water management to pulp and paper production. These systems are used for a long time and are upgraded in order to keep the system up-to-date. Typically, automation system providers serve their customers worldwide, meaning that the service operations are spread geographically over several continents. Furthermore, the service organisation needs to cooperate internally with R&D and externally with customers and COTS providers so as to gain a necessary understanding of which upgrades are urgent and which can be done later. This paper discusses the importance of a systematic upgrade planning service in a distributed operational environment and presents as well as demonstrates the process description and related tools that have been composed based on an industrial case study in an automation company.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOn the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems
    Subtitle of host publicationOTM 2014 Workshops
    EditorsRobert Meersman, Herve Panetto, Alok Mishra, Rafael Valencia-García, Lucas Filipe Martins da Silva, Ioana Ciuciu, Fernando Ferri, Georg Weichhart, Thomas Moser, Michele Bezzi, Henry Chan
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-662-45550-0
    ISBN (Print)978-3-662-45549-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication

    Publication series

    SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


    • automation system
    • upgrade
    • lifecycle
    • transparency


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